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Web Systems and Design

Web Systems and Design Major

As a Web Systems and Design major at SBU, you will be equipped as a software engineer qualified to design, build, implement and manage web and mobile software systems, especially as they relate to software engineering, visual content, business value and security. Many students choose to combine this degree with a minor in graphic design.

You will get to put your learning into action with hands-on, real-world projects creating software solutions for companies and organizations such as Silver Dollar City, BNSF Railway, Ozarks Food Harvest, and the Springfield and Bolivar Chambers of Commerce.

SBU is known as one of the area's leading producers of software engineers and is one of only six evangelical Christian institutions in the nation to have ABET accreditation. Studying web systems and design at SBU will provide you with an interdisciplinary education that propels your creativity into a successful career in various software engineering capabilities.

The Web Systems and Design degree is offered through SBU's College of Professional Programs





(SBU CIS graduates have achieved 100% job placement within six months of graduation 5 out of the last 6 years.)

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the sbu advantage

  • SBU CIS graduates have achieved 100% job placement within six months of graduation 5 out of the last 6 years.
  • SBU is home to a dedicated cybersecurity lab.
  • All division faculty have or are pursuing a Ph.D.; together they have more than 100 combined years of teaching and industry experience.
  • Technology leaders and SBU CIS alumni help shape the future direction of the program by serving on the CIS Advisory Board.
  • Graduates from the SBU CIS programs typically earn starting salaries ranging from $50,000-$75,000.

Faith Integration

SBU's web systems and design program is dedicated to the intentional integration of Christian faith and academic discipline. For example, each year at least one senior project is chosen that has an intentional spiritual focus. In the past, these senior projects have benefited companies and organizations such as Global Media Outreach, New Tribes Mission and IMB missionaries in Thailand.

Psalm 15 - SBU's College of Professional Programs and the Robert W. Plaster College of Business have a Psalm 15 initiative, which provides intentional integration of faith and academic discipline. Using Psalm 15 as a basis, the Colleges have identified eight character traits that should be the hallmark of the students and graduates. These character traits are emphasized in coursework and in a special lecture series. The highlighted character traits are: Integrity, Service, Respect, Charity, Faithfulness, Truthfulness, Humility and Perseverance.

Ethics and Professional Development — As part of an intentionally Christian education, students in the Robert W. Plaster College of Business take a senior-level course in Ethics and Professional Development. The course teaches Christian personal and professional ethics and equips students with life skills such as career development, etiquette, and servant leadership, with the goal of producing ethical business leaders who will be servant leaders in the workplace.


Examples of organizations that recently have employed our web systems and design graduates:

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • International Mission Board
  • Lexmark Systems
  • O'Reilly Automotive Corporate Headquarters

All of my professors knew me by name and not only did they know my name but they knew what my aspirations were for life after college. Faculty took it upon themselves to let me know of internship opportunities, encourage me to apply for specific jobs and even help me secure interviews.

Alex Barcus '15, Software Developer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Alex Barcus, Web Systems and Design Alum



SBU is home to one of Missouri's top competitive programming teams, with more than 20 top-10 national awards in the last five years. Additionally, SBU is the 2017 CCSC Mid-South Regional Champion Competitive Programming Team! Use what you're learning in the classroom to compete in various regional and national competitions throughout the year.


SBU’s PBL team, the collegiate version of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), competes nationally in various categories. The team has produced five national champions and 15 top-10 finishes at PBL Nationals in the past 10 years.


Join SBU's chapter of Association for Computing Machinery, the world's largest scientific and educational computing society.


Select programs within the College of Professional Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Computer Science program is accredited by ABET's Computer Accrediting Commission.

SBU's computer science program is the only ABET-accredited program at an evangelical Christian college within a 500-mile radius of Bolivar, and is one of just six evangelical Christian institutions nationwide to receive this accreditation. SBU's Division of Computing & Mathematics is the only department at any evangelical Christian institution in the U.S. to house programs accredited by both ABET and ACBSP.

Competitive programming

SBU is home to one of Missouri's top competitive programming teams with more than 20 top-10 national awards in the past five years.

  • CCSC Central Plains Regional Champion seven times in past ten years
  • AITP National Collegiate Conference national top three or higher 13 times in past ten years
  • Top-20 team in the Mid-Central United States region at the International Collegiate Programming Contest each year since 2005

research lab

SBU CIS students benefit from the CIS Research Lab, a Windows 7 100 base TX Ethernet networked lab housing three parallel processing platforms, including a multi-hundred NVidia system. Lab is primarily used for senior projects, work study and research projects.


You will have the opportunity to apply for several privately-funded scholarships. Select incoming freshmen receive a CIS award for their first year.

Taylor Center

The College of Professional Programs is housed in the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center. The Taylor Center was expanded and renovated to provide the following benefits for our students:

  • Increased number of dedicated study areas and presentation rooms that can be reserved in advance
  • Keycard access for certain majors increases building security while allowing you to access space and equipment after hours to effectively study and work on group projects
  • Unique marker board walls in the presentation rooms, study rooms, open computer lab, and student lounge create in an engaging opportunity to write, draw, or design on the walls as you study and learn

Program Objectives and outcomes

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the web systems and design program will have an ability to:

  • Analyze a complex computing program and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program's discipline
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program's discipline
  • Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of artistic, interface, interaction and design principles

Educational objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates from the web systems and design program at Southwest Baptist University will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with their peers, clients, supervisors and other professional work constituents using both written and oral communication
  • Understand how to make rational decisions when faced with social, ethical and legal issues inherent to the computing field
  • Apply the theoretical framework in the computing disciplines to the analysis, design and implementation of problem solutions and systems
  • Employ the use of computing technology from a Christian perspective as technological servant leaders within their chosen careers
  • Pursue continued professional development, advanced degrees, research, and technical certifications where appropriate

Enrollment and Graduation data for Web Systems and Design Degree

  2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Number of students enrolled 9 15 15 18 14
Number of students graduated 3 3 3 4  




Fall Semester

CIS 1144 Computer Science I 4
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science 3
ART 1013 Introduction to Art 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 2
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 2213 Systems Analysis & Design 3
CIS 1154 Computer Science II 4
MAT 1173 Discrete Mathematics 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
 ART 2703 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
Total hours 15


Fall Semester

CIS 1163 Introduction to Cybersecurity 3
CIS 2253 Web Development 3
BUS 2023 Business Statistics 3
  Gen Ed science with lab 4
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 3323 Database Management 3
CIS 2003 Web Design 3
ART 3723 Digital Imaging Concepts 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
  Gen Ed science with lab 4
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

CIS 3333 Algorithms and Data Structures 3
CIS 3313 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design 3
LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development 3
ECO 2023 Microeconomics 3
  Gen Ed or ART/ENG elective 3
  Free elective 1
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 2013 Networks 3
CIS 3113 Interface and Interaction Design 3
MKT 3023 Principles of Marketing 3
CIS 3363 Mobile App Development 3
  Gen Ed or ART elective 3
  Free elective 1
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

CIS 4462 Applied Software Engineering I 2
CIS 3413 Machine Organization 3
  Gen Ed or COM elective 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 2
  Free elective 2
Total hours 15
MKT 4253 Social Media Marketing 3
Total hours 3

Spring Semester

CIS 4472 Applied Software Engineering II 2
  Gen Ed or COM elective 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
  Gen Ed or Graduation Requirement 3
Total hours 14

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Web Systems and Design Plan

Web Systems and Design (Graphic Design minor) Plan